Know the difference between Allergies and Anaphylaxis

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We’re all too familiar with the traditional warnings of ‘may contain traces of…’ but what if we miss the signs? Follow our tips on how to spot the signs and symptoms.

Allergies vs Anaphylaxis

Allergies are a reaction to foreign substances that our body deems harmful even if the substance does not contain any dangerous elements. The body then goes into fight mode and tries to reject the substance which causes the onset of signs and symptoms such as hives, nasal congestion, itchy eyes and much more.

Anaphylaxis is a severe case of an allergic reaction, not everyone who suffers from allergic diseases will suffer an anaphylactic episode. Once you are diagnosed by your doctor as anaphylactic you will be prescribed an adrenaline auto-injector (EpiPen) to counteract an anaphylactic response.

Signs & Symptoms

An allergic reaction can range from mild to severe depending on the exposure to the trigger and the sufferer’s tolerance levels. The difference between a mild to moderate allergic reaction and a severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) can be distinguished by the following signs and symptoms:

Mild To Moderate Allergic ReactionSevere Allergic Reaction (Anaphylaxis)
Tingling and itchiness of the mouth and throatLoud and difficulty breathing
Swollen lips, eyes and faceWheezing and persistent cough
Hives, rash, itchiness on the bodyFear and anxiety
Vomiting or abdominal painHeart palpitations
Sneezing, runny noseDifficulty talking and croaky voice
Swelling in the throat and tongue
Pain and tightness in the chest
Children may become pale and floppy
Loss of strength or consciousness
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